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Masters of Movement: Portraits of America's Great Choreographers Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 30, 2004

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One might quibble with the title of this volume of photographic portraits and interviews—several of the subjects, like Edward Villella and Ann Reinking, are more notable as dancers than as choreographers. And one might wonder about omissions: the great tap dancer Gregory Hines is here, but why not Savion Glover? Nevertheless, both Eichenbaum’s black-and-white images and her subects’ words will please dance lovers. Her range of styles is broadly inclusive: from ballet (Eliot Feld) to jazz (Luigi), flamenco (José Greco) to music videos (Vincent Patterson, who has choreographed for Michael Jackson and Madonna). Eichenbaum captures the essence of each dancer she profiles: nonagenarian Katherine Dunham tells an audience, "I am still unfulfilled... I am rich and full, but I know there is so much more to learn." Eichenbaum can be delightfully unfawning: her double exposure of a temperamental and uncooperative Mark Morris is, she writes, "a sort of illustrated inflated ego." Other celebrity choreographers include Susan Stroman and Judith Jamison, but many of her subjects will be known only to those who follow the dance scene closely. For those aficionados, this is a lovely gift book.
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“Eichenbaum's firsthand knowledge of dance, her passion for dancing and the people who do it, and her appreciation of the minutiae of lives, both everyday and Olympian, all combine to open windows onto the soul of dance and the lives of those who helped to define and shape the art in 20th-century America.”—Jennifer Dunning, dance critic, New York Times

“The uncanny intelligence and grace with which Rose Eichenbaum has exposed the intention and essence of each performer move me. Then there are her words. Rose is a storyteller, and she tells the stories of the greatest American choreographers of the second half of the 20th-century. Her contribution to the preservation of our art form is a gift.”—Barbara Kaplan, publisher, Dance magazine

“The unique pairing of provocative photographs with personal and informal biographical interviews is full of important insights into both the art and craft of dance. An appealing book rich with significant content.”—Allegra Fuller Snyder, professor emerita and former chair of dance at the University of California, Los Angeles --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Unknown (November 30, 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 1588341852
  • ASIN: B000F6Z71Q
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,638,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By cas on November 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I expected to be wowed by the photos in Ms. Eichenbaum's book, as I have attended some of her photography exhibits. What I did not expect was that I would be so entertained by the interviews! I am not very familiar with the world of dance but with her interviews, she has portrayed the spirit, the style and the passions of each individual -- they are all very inspirational. And with the photos and the prose combined she has really captured the essence of these dancers. You do not need to be a dancer to appreciate this book!
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Lavish treatment of the American Dance scene. Warm in tone, intriguing and evocative in purpose. Photos are emotional and revealing. A 'must have' for anyone passionate about the art of dance and the dancer.
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I love this book. It is esthetically gorgeous. The text reveals the depth and complexity of these amazingly talented choreographers elicited by compelling and often humorous questions. I think Rose Eichenbaum's images and accompanying interviews show tremendous respect for her subjects. And they respond in turn by revealing so much both in front of the camera and as they speak to her of their art. If you are curious about who has been or is responsible for American dance today, you will want to read this book. Bravo!
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As an artist and art educator, I am enthralled with the photos in this book. The design elements and knowledge of art and dance all combine to create a beautiful presentation of each dance artist. The wonderful part is that the dancers are shown in their own environment. The love, absolute love of what they are doing shows in every face. The text is something you want to sit down and absorb over and over. This book is not only for one familiar with dance, but lovers of photography and the arts also. Can't wait for more!
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